Is your bladder always on your mind? More than 33 million Americans have an overactive bladder; also defined as urge incontinence. Many people have found that kegel exercises and medications have done little to help them with their overactive bladder. InterStim is an option for people that have not had success or could not tolerate the more conservative treatments.
What is InterStim? InterStim works with the sacral nerves, located near the tailbone. These nerves control the bladder and the muscles used for urinary function. If the communication between the brain and the sacral nerves is incorrect, the bladder will not function properly. InterStim targets this miscommunication by stimulating the nerves with mild electrical pulses.
How does it work? A thin, flexible wire is placed near the sacral nerves and also connected to a neurostimular implanted in the upper buttock. The neurostimular can be compared to a pace maker. It sends mild electrical pulses through the wire to a sacral nerve.
It is always important to follow all directions provided by the doctor and continue to visit your doctor as scheduled.